Professional Internships

Limited Professional Internship with stipend opportunities are available to qualified university graduates and young professionals interested in pursuing a museum career whose academic and/or professional experience combines art history with one or more of the following areas: museum studies, arts management or related studies.

Professional Internship projects are based on MOCA Shanghai needs and requirements. The objectives include:

  • to function as a professional within a museum environment;
  • to gain knowledge of the organizational structure of a museum and to
    develop understanding of administrative operations;
  • to acquire knowledge and skills related to specific areas of museum work;
  • to assess individual professional goals and development.
  • In order to accomplish these objectives, professional internships provide
    training in specific museum fields through close work with a professional staff member. The intern must assume professional-level responsibilities and become involved in a major project during the internship period.

Museum Departments

The following are brief descriptions of the departments that offer Professional Internships at MOCA Shanghai. Please list your departmental choice on the space provided in the application form.

  • Exhibition and Curatorial Support (exhibition-related administration, presentation and publication);
  • External Affairs (sponsorship, membership, corporate events);
  • Education and Research Support (programs for school, family, adult and the community);
  • Museum Archive & Library (collects, preserves and makes available for research the records of MOCA Shanghai);
  • Marketing and Communications (communications, graphic design, marketing, visitor services and retail).


Minimum two months, maximum six months. Internships begin on the first of the month and end on the last day of each month.

Required commitment
Full-time, five days per week (40 hrs per week)

Recent graduates of bachelor's and master's degree programs in Museum Studies, Arts Management or related studies, and young professionals.

Application Procedure

The completed application form, a statement of motivation, a curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and university transcripts should be mailed together to the MOCA Shanghai Internship Officer at the address listed below. Please note that you have to specify the time of the year you are applying for, and that your application will be considered for that period of time only.

Download Professional Internship Application Form [doc][pdf]

Enquiries regarding Internship

Internship Officer
Address: People's Park, 231 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, 200003, China
Tel: +86 21 63279900
Fax: +86 21 63271257